Franz Joseph Hayden’s
The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross
Old St. Patrick’s Church* | Saturday, March 19 | 7:30 p.m. | 700 W. Adams
*Tickets Available (Click here) at the door and online
Lawndale Community Church* | Monday, March 21 | 7:00 p.m.| 3827 W. Ogden
*Good will donations will be accepted following the performance
Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Seven Last Words of Christ is a true mediation on the gravity of tragedy and the possibility of hope and redemption, explored through the purity and intimacy of the string quartet. The music is dark, barren, overwhelmingly human, and expresses the immense weight of Holy Week. Haydn wrote “each movement is expressed by purely instrumental music in such a way that even the most uninitiated listener will be moved to the very depths of his soul.”
This work was originally commissioned in 1783 for the Good Friday services at the Cathedral in Cádiz, Spain. At the first performance during the noonday service the bishop would take to the pulpit, pronounce the first word, deliver a discourse thereon, and upon leaving the pulpit the corresponding movement of the Haydn’s work would be presented by the quartet. The music provided a backdrop for meditation on each of the seven words. Over the past 250 years or so this tremendous piece of classical music has stayed in the performance repertoire and is equally relevant today, though the addition of spoken word is rarely heard.
All are welcome to the Old St. Pat’s and North Lawndale performances of this stunning piece. If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Vincent Guider at VincentG@oldstpats.org.
Dave Moss (Viola) is a GRAMMY nominated violist who enjoys a vibrant career as a solo artist, chamber musician, and teacher. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory he has gone on to collaborate with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming, as well as performing with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony. Dave makes his home in Chicago and is very active in the Old St. Pat’s music ministry.
Sang Mee Lee (Violin) has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Korean Broadcasting Orchestra, and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Her solo performances and recitals have been heard in the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She was the youngest artist to appear on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series and has performed on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars series. Sang Mee earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the Julliard School. Her past teachers and mentors have included Dorothy DeLay, Roland and Almita Vamos, Robert Lipsett, Josef Gingold, and Betty Haag. Currently residing in the Chicago area, Sang Mee has been on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago since 2000.
Heather Boehm (Violin) attended DePaul University where she received her undergraduates degree in Violin Performance and Music Business. Ms. Boehm has performed with orchestras in the Chicagoland area and throughout the country including the Charleston Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, New Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.
Sara Sitzer (Cello), a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has performed recitals all over the world, from the new Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami Beach to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Sitzer is a member of the Elgin Symphony and Firebird Chamber Orchestra (Miami, FL), and regularly performs with the Milwaukee Symphony, as well as Chicago ensembles Ensemble Dal Niente, New Millennium Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and Camerata Chicago.